Protecting yourself and other people is the first line of defense towards managing
coronavirus. The elderly and anyone with chronic illnesses is susceptible to the virus. They run a high
risk of contracting and succumbing to the disease. So as a caring citizen, you need to protect yourself
and the elderly from the virus.
If you are coughing or sneezing, head side or elbow coughing could help. It reduces
exposing your neighbor to the deadly virus. Note that the virus can be spread through droplets.
So when you elbow sneeze, you reduce the chances of spreading it. The droplets could land in the
hands or even be inhaled.
Since the virus can be spread by persons who do not show signs, you must wash your
often. The hands should be washed with water and soap. Ensure you wash them for not less
than 20 seconds. This should always be the case if you visit public places. Hands should also be
washed after blowing the nose, sneezing, or coughing. You can also use sanitizers to clean your
hands. But ensure they contain 60% alcohol.
Touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with unclean hands should be avoided. Also, close
contact with sick people must be discouraged. Stay 6 feet away from infected people and
do not mingle with groups of people. Besides, keep some distance, especially if you are
in a group of high-risk people.
If possible, ensure that your mouth and nose are covered when you venture out. A
clothe face mask could protect you from contracting the disease. Also, it can reduce the chances
of spreading the virus or contracting it from people who do not know that they have it. If you
have young children, don’t cover their faces with masks. They can suffocate.
and disinfecting the environment
Clean and disinfect the surfaces daily. Doorknobs, tables, phones, sinks, and faucets
should be disinfected regularly. Also, disinfect handles, countertops, light switches, and
keyboards.Use household disinfectants for the job.
Most importantly is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Proper hand
rubbing kills the virus on the hands. Soap washes the virus away to leave the hands clean.
Maintain a distance of a meter between yourself and other people when you visit public
places.Moving too close increases the chances of inhaling the droplets. Avoid visiting crowded
places and maintain a distance of 3 feet.
If the kind of work you do can be done from home, don’t go to the office. It reduces
the chances of contracting or spreading the virus to your clients. If you can work in an open
space, it is far much better than working from an office. In fact, you can serve your clients
from the spaces without worrying. All you need is a face mask and keep a distance of 3 feet.
If you start coughing, experience difficulties in breathing or a fever, you must seek
medical attenti on almost immediately. Also, check out with your local authority or ministry of
health on the updated information on how you can protect yourself from Covid-19. Call your
health care provider in case you need clarification.